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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:16 pm    Post subject: Sonic Maximizers Reply with quote

hype? worthwhile?

hardware or plugin?

anyone using or have used one of 'em, please comment!?!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The older the better. Old rack mount maximizers are better, imo. The best one I've ever used was an old 422. I tried others, newer ones, and could never get the same results.

The plugin seems to work similar to the old 422, but not quite as unique sounding perhaps. It is a temperamental thing. I notice certain kinds of unexplained errors in my software that only show up after I add the BBE plugin to a track or a bus. Remove the BBE plugin and the problem disappears. But it is easy to work around. I like what the effect does, so I work around the problem.

Best use for a maximizer, imo, is on a drum kit. I feel electric guitar should never need it, if it does then you are doing something wrong on your other pedals and your amp. A mic'd acoustic will benefit from the effect though. Harmony vox are enhanced easily with a BBE. People say you can reproduce the same effect with EQ, but I've never been able to duplicate it with any eq I have.

You might email BBE and ask them, also. Some used maximizers can be upgraded, others cannot. I would love to have an 822, but my first choice would be to have my old 422 back. Regret letting go of that item........

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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